10 Jun 2024

Max Verstappen wins Canadian GP for third year in a row

10:14 am on 10 June 2024
VERSTAPPEN Max (ned), Red Bull Racing RB20, portrait during the Formula 1 AWS Grand Prix du Canada 2024, 9th round of the 2024 Formula One World Championship from June 07 to 09, 2024 on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, in Montréal, Canada - Photo DPPI (Photo by Eric Alonso / DPPI / DPPI via AFP)

Max Verstappen after winning his third Canadian Grand Prix in a row. Photo: AFP

Red Bull's triple world champion Max Verstappen completed a Canadian Grand Prix hat-trick of victories on a wet, wild and tricky Sunday at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Verstappen, who started on the front row alongside Mercedes pole-sitter George Russell, stayed clear of trouble on a day of constantly changing conditions, snatching the lead from McLaren's Lando Norris on the final pit stops.

The Dutchman then grimly hung on to claim his sixth victory from nine races this season and the 60th of his Formula One career.

Lando Norris of Great Britain driving for McLaren F1 Team

Lando Norris' McLaren. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

It was another brilliant drive from the 26-year-old who dealt with a track switching back-and-forth from wet to dry, pit stop battles and challenges from McLaren and Mercedes while wrestling with his Red Bull's suspension.

After Ferrari's Carlos Sainz and Williams's Alex Albon came together, bringing out the safety car for a second time, Verstappen pulled away on the restart and finished 3.879 seconds ahead of Norris while Russell won a nail-biting last-laps duel with teammate Lewis Hamilton to complete the podium.

"Not easy but we did it," Verstappen said, over the team radio. "We had to be on top of our calls and I think, as a team, it went really well today.

"I think we pitted at the right time and of course the safety car worked out nicely for us but even after that I think we were managing the gaps quite well.

"I love it, that was a lot of fun. Those kind of races you need them once in a while."

The win will certainly provide a confidence boost at Red Bull which has recently seen challenges to the team's once unquestioned dominance.

8th June 2024: Montreal, Canada:  01 VERSTAPPEN Max (nld), Red Bull Racing RB20 during the Formula 1 AWS Grand Prix du Canada 2024, qualifying sessions

Max Verstappen in Montreal, Canada. Photo: Eric Alonso

In the three races before Canada, Red Bull had managed one win as the battle for the drivers' and constructors' titles tightened.

But the team returns to Europe back in control of both, with Verstappen opening up a 56-point advantage over Ferrari's Charles Leclerc at the top of the drivers' standings while Red Bull moved 49 clear of Ferrari for the constructors' crown.

Both Ferraris failed to finish on Sunday, with Sainz losing control of his car on the wet track and hitting the barrier while Charles Leclerc retired after struggling with an engine issue.

- Reuters

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